Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POC2103: Introduction to Postcolonialism

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Please note that this module is only delivered on the Penryn Campus.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover some or all of the following topics:


  • ‘White Man’s Burden’: Introduction to Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches I


  • ‘The Intimate Enemy’: Introduction to Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches II


  • Understanding Decoloniality: Introduction to Colonial, Postcolonial and Decolonial approaches III


  • Sites of Postcolonial Encounters: Museums, Statues and Curriculums


  • The Colonial Subjectivity: Race, Gender and Class I


  • Mobility and Identity: Race, Gender and Class II


  • ‘Writing Back’: The Subaltern Studies


  • The Postcolonial Global Order: International Relations and Security Studies


  • ‘Rule of Experts’: Postcolonial Approaches to Development



Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities2211x 2 hour seminars
Guided Independent Study60Seminar preparation through directed reading
Guided Independent Study10To complete the formative essay plan
Guided independent study58To complete the mid-term essay, critical research paper and examination revision.

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).